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HOUSE SHIFTS ON FUNDS FOR ABORTIONS

The House agreed Wednesday to allow federally paid abortions for poor women who are victims of rape or incest, reversing nearly a decade of more restrictive votes and inviting a veto from President Bush. By a 216-to-206 vote, the House rejected the language it has kept in the law since 1981 and instead endorsed a more liberal provision already passed by the Senate.

Federal aid for abortions is now limited to poor women whose lives have been endangered by a pregnancy.

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